Originally posted by Serum39
In your honest acedemic opinion, do you believe that common sense
was applied when "they" deducted that in this given incedent a soul
could be sold this way?
ahhhhhhhhh - FUN!
In my honest .. and VERY rusty .. opinion, I think you are projecting a
bit of your own ethnocentricity into this 'study'. Be careful not to
place value judgements of your own and expect quantitative
data, when what you are looking at is qualitative data in a
interpretive sociological perception. First, learn how to use the
interpretive sociological study and see how people perceive
their own surroundings. You are in a 'natural setting', not a
scientific lab with controls. This is an excellent setting for you
to learn how some folks make sense of their everyday lives.
Look at Weber's views on sociological investigations. He believed
the key to interpretive sociology was 'Verstehen' - the German word
for 'understanding'. Sociologists don't just observe what people do,
but they share in their world of meaning and come to appreciate
WHY they act as they do. Make the subjective thoughts and feelings
of those you are reading here ... make them the focus of your
attention. They are 'bias' in the eyes of science, but they are
key to understanding motivation in your 'study' (chatting on
Ethnocentricity, science, metaphysics and common sense
probably won't ever be able to come to peaceful terms, at
least not on the internet in this time period in human history.
Sociology and science ... sociology and common sense ...
those don't always mean the same thing.
Now if you want to go at this from a psychology point of
view and not sociology ... forget everything that I just said.
How's that for an honest academic opinion??
Are we having fun, or what??
[edit on 2/15/2006 by FlyersFan]